Base Café is located at the top of 2 flights of narrow stairs, both of which are sudden, dark and very mysterious - all wonderful qualities. Suddenly you’re there; the main room is modest and cozy, accommodating an open kitchen and the assortment of mismatching tables and chairs. In the back, families with children squeeze into a separate tatami room being cooled by a rotating fan.
All the items on their menu follow a macrobiotic diet, meaning customers get to taste a potpourri of seasonal vegetables, fruits and whole grains that usually includes rice. They substitute tofu for most meats and use as little oil and sugar possible. Thank goodness I finally know what a macrobiotic diet is!
The room is decorated with single stems of fresh flowers, utensils, perfectly mismatched pots and plates, books, colorful stools and chairs and an elongated window that lets the sun shine in. There is no air conditioning. Being on the third floor can certainly feel toasty on a summer's day, but thankfully it made the iced barley tea all the more tasty.
I ordered the dry curry. It is said that the most colorful foods are the healthiest for you; who knew that bright yellows and reds could bring on such an appetite!